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Saint Josephs Abbey, Spencer

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Saint Josephs Abbey
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562
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St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer
Coordinates: 42.2984954, -72.0115479
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About Saint Josephs Abbey
North of the town of Spencer, Massachusetts, at the crest of a steeply sloping hill blanketed in oak, maple, and pine, but bared in part by farmed meadows and broad pasturelands, rests Saint Joseph’s Abbey, a cloistered Roman Catholic monastery of monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, popularly known as Trappists. Set apart from the actions and trends of most of their neighbors, they live a contemplative life, dedicating themselves to the praise and worship of God in a hidden life within their monastery. Following Saint Benedict’s sixth-century Rule for Monasteries, the monks live in silence and solitude, in prayer and penitence, thus rendering God “a service that is at once humble and noble.” Since the brothers are of one heart and one mind, they have everything in common for the monastery is a school of love.
From Saint Josephs Abbey webpage